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XV.

The

Revelation of the Old Testament "

in

Writing.

Then

I said, I will not speak any more in His Name. But His word was in my heart as a burning fire, shut up in my bones and I was weary with forbearing, :

but

Altho

I

could not."—y^r. xx.

9.

the miracles performed for and in the midst of Israel

created a glorious life-center in the midst of the heathen world, yet

they did not constitute a Holy Scripture

God

;

for this can not

be created

God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in times past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by except

speak to man, even to His people Israel.

His Son." This divine speaking

is

"

God spoke To

not limited to prophecy.

also to others than prophets, e.g., to Eve, Cain, Hagar, etc.

receive a revelation or a vision does not

command

make one a

prophet, unless

communicate the revelation The word "nabi," the Scriptural term for prophet, does to others. not indicate a person who receives something of God, but one who brings something to the people. Hence it is a mistake to confine it

be accompanied by the

to

the divine revelation to the prophetic

the whole race in general tures.

As

;

prophecy

office.

is

In fact,

only one of

to the divine revelation in its widest scope,

from the Scripture that God spoke to men from of the apostles.

From

it

extends to

its special feait is

Adam

evident

to the last

Paradise to Patmos revelation runs like a

golden thread through every part of Sacred History.

As a

rule, the Scripture

does not treat this divine speaking meta-

There are exceptions, ^.^.,"God spake to the fish" (Jonah ii. 10); "The heavens declare the glory of God, and day unto day uttereth speech " (Psalm xix. 2, 3). However, it can be proven, from a thousand passages against one to the contrary, that the ordinary speaking of the Lord may not be taken in other than the literal sense. This is evident from the call of God to Samuel, phorically.

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Bekijk de hele uitgave van maandag 1 januari 1900

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The work of the Holy Spirit - pagina 110

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